Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG

MaxLinear is focused on creating long-term value for our stockholders while maintaining a steadfast commitment to the highest standards of business ethics and corporate citizenship with regards to protection of the environment, social responsibility, and corporate governance (ESG). We develop innovative products that enable communication and social engagement, including in worldwide markets where the advent of new technologies has made previously inaccessible economic and social opportunities readily available.
Our ESG objectives include the following:
  • Reduce our global environmental footprint, including improving power efficiency of our products
  • Maintain a socially responsible and ethically sourced supply chain
  • Prioritize the health and safety of our global workforce
  • Advance equity, diversity and inclusion at our company and within the community
  • Strengthen our cybersecurity program
  • Develop programs and reporting for ongoing improvement


MaxLinear takes our common stewardship of the environment seriously. We believe human activities are contributing to climate change, and that we, and global society, must do our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC as called for in the Paris Agreement. Among other things, we monitor our global environmental footprint, both directly and indirectly, and in our development efforts, our engineers are consistently focused on improving the power efficiency and thermal performance of our products, minimizing water consumption and waste, promoting recycling of reusable materials, and providing customer satisfaction through compliance with global environmental regulations as they relate to our products and operations. We are committed to contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and we are currently taking measures to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact such as purchasing 100% renewable energy for our facilities in California and elsewhere where available, using key suppliers that focus on sustainability as described below, enhancing our offices with energy saving improvements, and transitioned away from one-time use plastics to sustainable reusable products. We are currently assessing additional measures to further reduce our emissions we plan to set formal targets for reducing emissions in the near future.

Product Power Efficiency

As noted above, we believe our products improve the quality of life for consumers around the world, mostly notably during the pandemic as we helped make possible the Internet backbone and infrastructure on which everyone relied for more than a year. On the other hand, the same infrastructure that made work-from-home and virtual parties a reality is a substantial user of our energy resources. To counter this adverse energy impact, we design our chips with specific objectives intended to reduce energy use by the end products in which they are incorporated.
The projected exponential growth of network data and data traffic generated and consumed by social media, on-demand streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, and data center and cloud-based services, the proliferation of interconnected appliances in the home, within industry, and by enterprises, frequently referred to as the “Internet of Things (IoT),” and the advent of the 4G/5G wireless mobile internet are each driving unprecedented growth in energy consumption. Our CMOS broadband, high-frequency analog and mixed-signal, digital system-on-chip (SoC) solutions have exceptional levels of functional integration that drastically reduce power consumption across a wide range of the broadband communications, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market customer market applications. In the majority of these systems, overall power consumption can be ascribed to multiple transceivers in a system, each of which receives and amplifies weak data signals and conversely transmits strong data signals to other receivers while maintaining excellent signal quality. At our founding, we pioneered broadband high-frequency radio transceivers integrated with complete digital signal processing systems in CMOS on a single-die for televisions, cable data modems and video gateways – our products and technologies reduced power consumption of each transceiver function by a factor of 10 to 50. As a result, we believe that today’s worldwide annual shipment of 250 million televisions and cable data modems requires 40,000 Megawatts of less power generation annually than they would have otherwise needed in the absence of our innovations. These energy savings are equal to the total energy consumption needs of four megacities, each the size of New York. We continue to be a leader and pioneer in technology innovations that advance our ability to achieve the highest levels of integration of all analog and radio-transceiver and digital signal processing functionality on the same chip, which drastically reduces power consumption by elimination of signal transitions between multiple discrete chips and subsystems in large high-volume data bandwidth energy intensive applications. These applications include cable, copper, and fiber-optic multi-gigabit data access modems for home; in-home data distribution using WiFi, MoCA, or wired connectivity technologies; 400/800 Gbps optical transceivers that connect cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) servers to switches and routers inside hyperscale data centers; 5G massive-MIMO antenna radio transceiver arrays in wireless base-stations; and wireless and optical transport networks that haul data traffic between connecting base-stations, data centers, and end user connections. By reducing the power consumption in these systems by an estimated two to fifty times the consumption under conventional approaches, we also simplify costly thermal designs that would otherwise be environmentally harmful by requiring bulky inefficient fans and other refrigeration systems.
We believe that in order to address many of the energy resource and environmental challenges facing the world, the pace of energy-efficiency innovation must outstrip the rate of increase in energy consumption by the data intensive communications applications on which we increasingly rely and which will continue to form the backbone of our evolution as a society. We are continuing to pioneer new technology and innovation through investments intended to develop monolithic or integrated power management and high-power regulation silicon products that transform the efficiency of power provisioning in electronic systems. We believe that our continued innovation in power regulation and provisioning with “smart telemetry” will minimize idle-mode energy wastage and instead ration power in an application or system based on functional utilization versus today's mostly “Always ON” systems. We believe that our technology investments in power-regulation, power-provisioning, and power-telemetry will have a transformative beneficial impact on the energy needs of our interconnected world.

With more than 20 years of expertise designing CMOS-based semiconductors that showcase ever-increasing levels of functional integration, MaxLinear has become an industry leader in developing highly energy efficient systems-on-chip that reduce energy consumption, improve resource efficiency, improve device lifespan & reduce e-waste, and enable clean energy technologies. 

Our Story
MaxLinear makes connectivity faster, more reliable, and more efficient in every sense. During the past 20 years, we have revolutionized global connectivity through low power, high performance systems-on-chip (SoC) for end-to-end communication networks for data center, industrial, home access and connectivity, and wireless infrastructure applications. We focus on delivering the highest level of technology integration on our SoCs to maximize performance and power efficiency for an increasingly connected world. 

Our vision is to engineer the most energy efficient systems-on-chip on the market that contribute to end-use products that use less energy, last longer, and contribute to a lower consumption of raw materials. At MaxLinear, we believe that energy efficiency is not just an engineering challenge, but a shared responsibility towards a sustainable future. Our work, therefore, provides alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable and clean energy and Goal 9 of creating accessible technological infrastructure. By pushing the boundaries of integration and optimization, we empower a connected world that minimizes its environmental impact on resource consumption (water and energy) without sacrificing performance.

The Industry Need
In today's hyper-connected world, energy efficiency is king. This is especially true for critical segments like data centers, home access networks, 5G radio units, and industrial connectivity, where power demands are soaring alongside data traffic and complexity. Highly efficient, low-power semiconductor solutions are the foundation of energy efficiency goals and essential for these segments in meeting industry, governmental, and consumer efficiency demands. Every watt saved translates to significant cost and environmental benefits.

The exponential growth of digital data and the rising complexity of computing tasks underscore the importance of highly efficient semiconductor solutions for data centers. While hyperscale data centers are generally more power efficient than traditional data centers  - designed to handle massive workloads and accommodate a large number of servers (5,000+), storage systems, and networking equipment  - energy usage is bound the increase for the foreseeable future due to increasing data demand (including significant growth in AI and ML). For high power density servers, for example, Gartner estimates that ongoing power costs increase at least 10% per year due to cost per kilowatt-hour (kwh) increases and underlying demand. More centers are also being built as data driven solutions to societal challenges skyrocket – from healthcare to transportation to business. According to Synergy Research Group there are approximately 800 hyperscale data centers worldwide, with another 400 planned by 2026. Energy consumption is a significant concern in large-scale data centers, making low-power components crucial for minimizing operational costs and reducing environmental impact. Efficient semiconductors enable data centers to handle intensive computing tasks while optimizing power consumption, contributing to sustainability efforts within the technology sector. 

Access and connectivity, driven by the proliferation of smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), demand semiconductor solutions that strike a balance between performance and power efficiency. By 2020, approximately 50 billion network-enabled devices existed worldwide, and the International Energy Agency estimates that by 2025, these networks will consume a staggering 1,140 terawatt hours a year—an amount greater than the current energy consumptions of Canada and Germany combined. Devices at the edge of networks, such as smart home appliances and sensors, require energy-efficient components to extend battery life and ensure seamless, uninterrupted connectivity. This is particularly crucial in the context of smart homes, where an array of interconnected devices necessitates a reliable and energy-conscious infrastructure.

5G networks, at the forefront of the telecommunications revolution, are up to 90% more efficient than 4G networks when measured in terms of energy consumption per bit of data transferred. This means that they require less energy to transmit the same amount of data. However, overall energy consumption of 5G networks is projected to be 4-5 times higher compared to 4G by 2030 due to increased network traffic, denser network deployment, and more power-hungry components. The GSMA and its Climate Action Taskforce are working to move the mobile industry towards Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. 5G radio units rely on highly efficient semiconductor solutions to meet the demanding requirements of high-speed data transmission and low-latency communication. These components – which consume 30-70% less power compared to older technologies  - play a pivotal role in supporting the deployment of 5G networks, enabling faster and more reliable connectivity for a myriad of applications, from enhanced mobile broadband to mission-critical industrial communications.

Industrial connectivity, often associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), requires semiconductor solutions that can withstand harsh environments while delivering efficient and reliable performance. Low-power components are essential in industrial settings where devices may operate in remote locations or demanding conditions. These semiconductors contribute to the development of robust and energy-efficient systems that power automation, monitoring, and control processes across various industries.

The MaxLinear Solution
In today's hyperconnected landscape, where data races at breakneck speeds, energy efficiency is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity. At MaxLinear, we understand this critical need, and it's woven into the very fabric of our design philosophy. At high data rates, every signal transition between chips consumes precious power. MaxLinear meets this challenge by packing an unprecedented level of functionality onto a single chip. Our relentless pursuit of unmatched integration of analog/RF and digital signal processing functionalities on a single chip translates to a groundbreaking advantage and reiterates our commitment to dramatically reduced power consumption without compromising performance.

We are committed to contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and we are currently taking measures to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact such as purchasing 100% renewable energy for our facilities in California and elsewhere where available, using key suppliers that focus on sustainability as described below, enhancing our offices with energy saving improvements, and transitioning away from one-time use plastics used in the office to sustainable reusable products. As a fabless semiconductor design company, we do not manufacture our products and, with respect to the activities we conduct directly, we believe we leave a limited environmental footprint. With respect to our indirect environmental impact, we consider and monitor the practices of our current and prospective foundry partners and suppliers in assessing environmental risks in our supply chain and in selecting key vendors. We believe that our key suppliers have made a public commitment to integrate sustainability and sensitivity to environmental impact into their manufacturing processes. For example, according to their company websites, four of our largest manufacturing partners each maintain well-developed environmental management and sustainability programs that are publicly avowed and supported by the highest levels of management within those organizations and have either set targets to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, or otherwise reduce such emissions, including in their manufacturing plans and processes. We aim to have all manufacturing partners that are certified with ISO 14001 international standards for environmental management systems and plan to launch manufacturing partner audits in the future. We also participate in recycling of integrated circuits and boards. Additionally, our products are compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, or RoHS, and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, or REACH, standards in the European Union, or EU.

MaxLinear will draw from our hard-earned expertise in delivering highly integrated, energy efficient solutions. We will deliver against several key areas in a way that few competitors can: Advanced systems-on-chip using a fraction of the power required by competitor chipsets, leading throughput and speed, and robust reliability. Years of research and development, investment in system architecture, semiconductor device modeling, and integrated circuit design expertise is reflected in the superior energy efficiency of our products. Through this focus on power efficiency, we are helping to create products that contribute toward a sustainable future.

Proof Points

Data Centers

Panther III
Panther III is MaxLinear’s ultra-low latency storage accelerator for data centers that processes data more than 60 times faster than the software-based approach, while consuming only 45% of the CPU resources. Panther delivers simultaneous 4:1 compression acceleration and plus 3:1 data duplication that together enables 12:1 data compression. This allows storage solutions to not only store 1/12 the data, but also allow users to access, process, and transfer data 12 times faster. This unprecedented level of single-pass data compression translates into significant energy savings for data center operators. 
Keystone represents MaxLinear’s third generation of PAM4 DSPs for active electrical/optical cables. It enables small form factors, offers high integration and best-in-class power consumption, and has the flexibility to address multiple optical transceiver use cases and end markets. The extremely low power consumption and small form factor of Keystone enables both sub-8Watt 400G optical module designs (QSFP112 and QSFP-DD) and sub-15Watt 800G designs (QSFP-DD800 and OSFP). When used in active electrical cables, can yield up to a 40% power saving over competitor solutions. enhances data transmission efficiency, ensuring higher data integrity, faster speeds, and improved power efficiency. 

Industrial Connectivity 

Swancreek is MaxLinear’s new family of 2.5G Ethernet PHYs and switches offering a compact single-chip solution, the industry’s lowest power consumption and highest packet buffering as well as a feature-rich design encompassing IGMPv3, MLPv1,2, LACP, PTP, SyncE, and MACsec. Swancreek meets a critical performance need in the industry as the world moves from 1G to multi-gig solutions. While competitor solutions are based off NBASE-T solutions covering 2.5/5/10GbE, MaxLinear took a revolutionary approach of expanding our lower cost 1G architecture for a 2.5G solution. Due to this innovation, Swancreek showcases eight 2.5GBASE-T PHYs characterized by remarkably low power consumption, operating at just 600mW per port and a total of 4.8W for all eight PHYs. The product's energy efficiency is further emphasized by its ability to operate at 3.6W for 5 PHYs, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable and cost-effective networking solutions.

5G Open RAN

Sierra is a fully integrated, single-chip solution for 4G/5G Open Radio Access Network (RAN) radio units (RU), with Tier 1 Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) performance and ASIC integration. Sierra is a remarkable single-chip platform solution that can be configured for all modes of operation for various radio platforms. This includes macro radio units, gNodeB Small Cells, Pico radio units, and more. What sets Sierra apart is its integration of five major sub-systems onto a single System-on-Chip (SoC): RF transceiver, Digital front end, Low-PHY, system interface, and CPU sub-system. This integration yields a feature-rich, high-performance platform with the industry's lowest power consumption, package size, and implementation cost.

Sierra's level of functional integration is unmatched in the market and eliminates the need for multiple FPGAs/ASICs. This not only simplifies the hardware architecture but also reduces power consumption and minimizes the physical footprint. Such integration is pivotal for 5G deployment, especially in densely populated urban areas where space and power constraints are substantial considerations.

Performance of Sierra is bolstered by MaxLinear's MaxLINTM, a premium DPD solution that offers a myriad of benefits that will help redefine the landscape of 5G radio technology. By leveraging the power of a premium DPD IP like MaxLIN, the power consumption of 5G radios can be significantly reduced, achieving a remarkable 30% reduction when compared to commodity solutions. This not only contributes to enhanced energy efficiency but also results in a substantial reduction in heat dissipation. The reduced heat dissipation, in turn, translates to a 25% reduction in the size of heat sinks, making the radios more lightweight and cost-effective in terms of installation.

Access and Connectivity

MaxLinear’s AnyWAN
MaxLinear’s AnyWAN™ is a universal and ultra-scalable broadband solution that supports any WAN, and LAN, and any software. 
The AnyWAN series features the most advanced adaptive power management capabilities built into the silicon hardware. State-of-the-art active power management techniques have been implemented to design the SoCs. They scale power consumption of the CPU, hardware accelerators, and interfaces dynamically to the performance needs, and hence minimize power consumption. Examples are dynamic frequency scaling, clock gating, power gating, power state control, Linux thermal zone concept, and dynamic link control to influence PHY link states.

A high level of hardware integration and 16nm process technology enable cost-efficient and power-efficient, and yet high-performance, home gateways. The SoCs use an innovative network-on-chip architecture for more efficient interconnection between the interfaces, packet accelerators, CPUs, and other hardware blocks on the chip.

MaxLinear’s Wi-Fi 7
MaxLinear's Wi-Fi 7 SoCs offer a world’s-first single chip solution with a focus on reducing power consumption. The MaxLinear Wi-Fi 7 platforms feature numerous power domains for dynamic voltage and clock scaling adapting to the current performance needs. System-wide power scaling, such as advanced Wi-Fi performance scaling and band steering, is software configurable easily through standard (Linux) APIs.

MaxLinear has demonstrated that its Wi-Fi 7 platform consumes no more than 5.7 watts of power while idling and less than 7.4 to 9 watts in typical usage scenarios, such as video streaming over an XGS-PON fiber link to a Wi-Fi client. At these efficiency levels, power consumption is reduced by half of comparable products on the market. MaxLinear continues to optimize power consumption for numerous use cases for high-performance home gateway units (HGU), which contributes to empowering network operators to be able to meet their target of 55% CO2 reduction goal by 2030.

Manufacturing Environment

As a fabless semiconductor design company, we do not manufacture our products and, with respect to the activities we conduct directly, we believe we leave a limited environmental footprint. With respect to our indirect environmental impact, we consider and monitor the practices of our current and prospective foundry partners and suppliers in assessing environmental risks in our supply chain and in selecting key vendors. We believe that our key suppliers have made a public commitment to integrate sustainability and sensitivity to environmental impact into their manufacturing processes. For example, according to their company webistes, four of our largest manufacturing partners, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Intel Corporation, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, and United Microelectronics Corporation, each maintain well-developed environmental management and sustainability programs that are publicly avowed and supported by the highest levels of management within those organizations and have either set targets to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, or otherwise reduce such emissions, including in their manufacturing plans and processes. We aim to have a majority of manufacturing partners that are certified with ISO 14001 international standards for environmental management systems and plan to launch manufacturing partner audits in the future. We also participate in recycling of integrated circuits and boards. Additionally, our products are compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) standards in the European Union (EU).
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) CO2 Emissions & Energy Usage
MaxLinear recognizes the importance of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and its impact to the environment across our value chain. We have evaluated and continue to analyze direct and indirect emissions from our business activities, supply chain and product lifecycle. The majority of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions is comprised of Purchased Electricity. We actively look for ways to use more renewable energy across locations and lower overall energy consumption. In the baseline year of calculating GHG emissions, we have also found that the largest driver of our emissions is the Scope 3 category of Purchased Good and Services as we are a fabless designer of integrated circuits. As we build our GHG emissions history, we plan to analyze opportunities to reduce our overall emissions.  In addition, we aim to set long-term goals for GHG emission reduction. In the meantime, we are actively reducing our emissions by purchasing 100% renewable energy in locations where it is available, primarily for our three California locations: Irvine, Carlsbad, and San Jose.
Our GHG emissions and energy usage throughout MaxLinear locations is as follows*:
Energy and Emissions Summary 2023
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Energy Usage
Energy Use - Total (GWh) from Grid   12.90 9.77
Energy Use - Percent from Grid   100% 100%
Renewable Energy (GWh)   4.27 2.06
Percent Renewable Energy   33% 21%
Non-Renewable Energy (GWh)   8.62 7.71
Percent Non-Renewable Energy   67% 79%
GHG Emissions
Scope 1 (Direct) Emissions - CO2e (tonnes)   61 324
     CO2e (tonnes)   59 123
     CH4 (tonnes)***   0**** 0****
     N2O (tonnes)***   0 0
     HFCs   2 201
Scope 2 - location based (Indirect, Electricity) - CO2e (tonnes)   5,320 4,321
Scope 2 - market based (Indirect, Electricity) - CO2e (tonnes)   5,420 3,857
Scope 3 (Categories 1, 2, 3, 6, 8)** - CO2e (tonnes)   300,823 244,189
Category 1 - Purchased goods and services   297,935 233,097
Category 2 - Capital goods   0 7,614
Category 3 - Fuel-and energy-related activities   1,272 2,924
Category 6 - Business travel   1,442 259
Category 8 - Upstream leased assets   147 294
Total CO2e (tonnes) - Scope 1, Scope 2 - market based & Scope 3   306,304 248,370
*Electricity data from the below locations, which were not significant due to the size of the facilities, was not available. These locations were not included in Scope 2 Purchased Electricity nor Energy Usage; however, they are accounted for in Scope 3 Upstream Leased Assets.
•  Austria
•  Canada
•  Germany
•  Massachusetts, USA
•  Oregon, USA
•  Chennai, India
**As Scope 3 emissions are comprised of assets not owned or controlled by MaxLinear, we have compiled data for applicable categories where available. We continue to reach into our value chain to obtain additional information from our upstream and downstream counterparts. Our current Scope 3 data set consists of the below activities: 
Category 1 - Purchased goods and services: Product inventory purchases; non-production related product purchases
Category 2 - Capital goods: Production photomasks
Category 3 - Fuel-and energy-related activities (not included in scope 1 or scope 2):  Extraction, production, and transportation of consumed fuels and fuels consumed in electricity as well as generation of electricity that is lost in transmission and distribution
Category 6 - Business travel:  Employee air travel; mileage reimbursement information between MaxLinear Carlsbad and Irvine offices
Category 8 - Upstream leased assets: Office leases utilized to estimate electricity for locations not accounted for in Scope 2 Purchased Electricity; such locations were not significant.

*** The other GHG emission factors were available only for US and Canada based locations.
**** Emission values displayed as 0 are less than 1 tonne.

Note: the GHG emissions are calculated based on the methodologies laid out in the GHG Protocol, as follows. GHG emissions were quantified per the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Semiconductors Standard and the ISO 14064-1:2006, Greenhouse gases - Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Emissions are reported for carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) from direct and indirect sources. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR4) global warming potentials (GWPs) were used to convert CH4 (25)and N2O (298) emissions to CO2e. The following GWPs were used for HFCs: R-410A: 2088] ; HFC-134A: 1,430. Emission are total gross global GHGs emitted to the atmosphere before accounting for offsets, credits, or other similar mechaisms that have reduced or compensated for emissions.

Note 1: Metric Codes: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Semiconductors Standard TCSC Version 2018-10: TC-SC-130a.1; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2016 302 Energy 302-1/11.1.2; CDP Climate Change 2022 Questionnaire C8 Energy C8.2

Note 2: Scope 2 footnote: Metric codes: SASB TC-SC110a-1, GRI 305 Emission 305-1/11.1.5, 11.1.6;CDP C6 Emissions Data C6.1, C6.2, C6.3, C6.4a, C6.5, CDP C7 Emissions Breakdown C7.1.


Socially Responsible and Ethically Sourced Supply Chain

We are committed to the use of a socially responsible supply chain to reduce the risk of human rights violations and the use of conflict minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, or 3TG) from the Democratic Republic of Congo and certain adjoining countries. We are committed to respecting internationally recognized human rights under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our efforts include maintaining an anti-slavery policy, and a business partner labor standards policy which bars the use of forced or child labor and slavery and a conflict minerals policy governing the use and distribution of 3TG minerals, as well as conducting due diligence before allowing a potential supplier to become a preferred supplier. We request the return of reporting forms related to conflict minerals from our suppliers under the Responsible Minerals Initiative, or RMI, Conflict Minerals Survey. We file an annual conflict minerals report (  Further, we seek to remove any suppliers that continue to fail to meet our business partner labor standards and conflict minerals policies after being provided the opportunity to remedy non-compliance via implementation of a corrective action plan. 

Health and Safety

Our ongoing focus on workplace safety and compliance to applicable regulations has enabled us to preserve business continuity while ensuring a safe work environment. A substantial portion of our workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19.  We also comply with applicable laws and regulations regarding workplace safety and are subject to audits by entities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States. We are in the process of updating our health and safety policies.

Total Recordable Incident Rate. We track the total recordable incident rate in certain jurisdictions, where required by local rules. Our total recordable incident rate for such jurisdictions is as follows:

Country 2023
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United States   0.19% 0.40%
Austria   1.06% 0%
Germany   0.99% 0%
Israel   0.40% 0%
Spain   0.78% 0%


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We emphasize our core values of Excellence, People, Integrity, and Compassion (EPIC) in our hiring and human resources practices as well as our customer service. Our corporate culture, focused on providing employees with opportunities, based solely on individual excellence and initiative, was instilled by founders who represented highly diverse skill sets and origins but shared a common commitment. Of our ten founders, seven were born outside the United States, and eight are diverse.
Our future success depends on our ability to retain, attract, and motivate qualified personnel, especially our design and technical personnel, but also our senior management and support personnel, and achieving those objectives requires us to maintain a work environment and culture that values diversity. We operate across eighteen countries and are sensitive to the many cultures and backgrounds constituting our employee base. We acknowledge that we, along with the semiconductor and broader technology industry, can do more to advance gender and racial equality by increasing representation of underrepresented minorities as well as females in leadership and technical positions including engineering and other roles.
Of 1,759 worldwide full-time employees as of December 31, 2023, approximately 70% were from diverse ethnic backgrounds. While that data reflects in part our substantial presence in Asia, even in North America, 55% of our employees with a rank of vice-president or higher and 69% of our employees generally were of diverse ethnicity or were women, respectively, compared to 52% and approximately 73%, respectively in 2022.
As of December 31, 2023, women represented 19% of our total employees, the majority in engineering, compared to 17% as of December 31, 2022. We are an engineering-driven company, and we are proud that women have played a substantial role in designing and developing our products notwithstanding the historical under-representation of women in university engineering departments, particularly in electrical engineering. As of December 31, 2023, we employed 208 women in central engineering functions, representing approximately 15% of our total engineers, up from 193 women representing 14% of our engineer base in 2022. We believe female representation among our engineering staff compares favorably within our industry, but we remain committed to finding rewarding career opportunities for women across all functions within MaxLinear as well as to encouraging the engineering programs from which we recruit to increase their emphasis on opportunities for women. In that regard, we are also proud to have on our board of directors Tsu-Jae King Liu, Ph.D., the first female dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.
Of our total employee workforce, as of December 31, 2023, 16% is represented by Work Councils or collective bargaining agreements in Austria, Germany, and Spain, compared to 17% as of December 31, 2022, but all of our employees have freedom of association, or the legal right to join worker organizations, including trade unions, and the right to collective bargaining. The Work Council groups, common to these countries, are comprised of employees elected by the general employee base. We consider our global employee relations to be good. In 2023, our employee voluntary turnover rate was 7%, compared to 11% in 2022. We host regular global town hall meetings in which all employees are encouraged to submit any question, ahead of or during the meeting, to be addressed by executive and senior management. We also have a formal confidential reporting policy and complaint procedures for employees and others to express concerns about conduct within MaxLinear, which includes confidential hotline reporting available in local languages ( We are committed to limiting the use of temporary or contract workers to specialized, non-recurring projects or during peak times when permanent employment is scarce, and when we do use contract workers, we make efforts to convert them to permanent employees when they can fulfill open positions. As of December 31, 2022, while all of our employees are considered permanent employees, contractors comprised 18% of our workforce and we are committed to further reducing our use of such contractors. When needed, we conduct responsible workforce restructuring procedures in compliance with the regulations of the jurisdictions in which we operate.

Our human capital resources objectives include, as applicable, attracting and retaining talented and experienced employees, advisors, and consultants. We utilize multiple online search tools, specialized recruiting firms, employee referral programs and university hires to ensure a varied outreach approach for candidates. We aim to increase our hiring and retention of female talent including direct hires or interns from universities. We offer this via a combination of competitive base salary, time-based equity incentives and bonus plans linked to financial performance that are designed to motivate and reward personnel with annual grants of stock-based and cash-based incentive compensation awards to our employees, some of which vest over a period of four years, plus other benefits, in order to increase stockholder value and the success of our company by motivating such individuals to perform to the best of their abilities and achieve both our short and long-term objectives. We offer competitive benefits tailored to local markets and laws and designed to support employee health, welfare and retirement; examples of such benefits may include hybrid work schedules with one flexible day allowing all employees globally to work from home; paid time off; 401(k), pension or other retirement plans; employee leave or part-time arrangements to support well-being of employees and their dependents; sabbaticals; bereavement leave; employee stock purchase plan; basic and voluntary life, disability and supplemental insurance; medical, dental and vision insurance; health savings and flexible spending accounts; relocation assistance; and employee assistance programs. Our global training and development program includes internal on-the-job training and we have launched a pilot training program which includes seminars, podcasts and recommended learnings under which we have received tremendous employee participation. Our corporate training program, which is mandatory, covers training on discrimination-free workplace, as well as our code of ethics and employee conduct, insider trading policy, global export controls and economic sanctions policy, global anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy, and anti-trust and competition law.

Corporate Governance

We have embedded within our corporate governance principles, which are available on our website, our commitment to corporate responsibility initiatives. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee oversee our ESG initiatives. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee oversees our ESG initiatives. Our Cybersecurity Committee oversees the assessment and management of material risks from cybersecurity threats.


Risk Management and Strategy

We have established policies and processes for assessing, identifying, and managing material risk from cybersecurity threats, and have integrated these processes into our overall risk management systems and processes. We routinely assess material risks from cybersecurity threats, including any potential unauthorized occurrence on or conducted through our information systems that may result in adverse effects on the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of our information systems or any information residing therein.

We conduct quarterly risk assessments to identify cybersecurity threats. These risk assessments include identifying reasonably foreseeable potential internal and external risks, the likelihood of occurrence and any potential damage that could result from such risks, and the sufficiency of existing policies, procedures, systems, controls, and other safeguards in place to manage such risks. As part of our risk management process, we may engage third party experts to help identify and assess risks from cybersecurity threats. Our risk management process also encompasses cybersecurity risks associated with our use of third-party service providers.

Following these risk assessments, we design, implement, and maintain reasonable safeguards to minimize the identified risks; reasonably address any identified gaps in existing safeguards; update existing safeguards as necessary; and monitor the effectiveness of our safeguards. We have allocated adequate resources and have designated high-level personnel, including our Chief Information Security Officer, to manage the cybersecurity risk assessment and mitigation process.

As part of our overall risk management program, we regularly provide required training to employees at all levels and in all departments on cybersecurity. 

The Company also participates in a cybersecurity risk insurance policy.

For additional information regarding whether any risks from cybersecurity threats, including as a result of any previous cybersecurity incidents, have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect our company, including our business strategy, results of operations, or financial condition, please refer to Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” in this annual report on Form 10-K , including the risk factors entitled “We have been and may in the future be subject to information technology failures, including security breaches, cyber-attacks, design defects or system failures, that could disrupt our operations, damage our reputation and adversely affect our business, operations, and financial results,” “We are subject to governmental laws, regulations and other legal obligations related to privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity,” and “We face risks related to security vulnerabilities in our products.”

Cybersecurity Governance

One of the key functions of our Board of Directors is informed oversight of our risk management process, including risks from cybersecurity threats. Our Board of Directors is responsible for monitoring and assessing strategic risk exposure, and our executive officers are responsible for the day-to-day management of the material risks we face. Our Board of Directors administers its cybersecurity risk oversight function directly as a whole, as well as through the Cybersecurity Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Cybersecurity Committee”). Members of the Cybersecurity Committee are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the Board. The Cybersecurity Committee consists of at least three members of the Board, all of whom are independent. Each member has a working familiarity and/or experience with cybersecurity, IT strategy, IT development and deployment, or IT risk assessment and management, including information security management.

Our Chief Information Security Officer and the Cybersecurity Committee are primarily responsible to assess and manage material risks from cybersecurity threats. Our Chief Information Security Officer and the Cybersecurity Committee oversee key cybersecurity policies and processes, including those described in “Risk Management and Strategy” above. Our Chief Information Security Officer and the Cybersecurity Committee are informed about policies and processes to monitor the prevention, detection, mitigation, and remediation of cybersecurity incidents.

Our Chief Information Security Officer and representatives from the Cybersecurity Committee provide quarterly briefings to the Audit Committee of the Board regarding our company’s cybersecurity risks and activities, including but not limited to any recent cybersecurity incidents and related responses, and any cybersecurity systems testing. The Audit Committee provides regular updates to the Board on relevant information regarding cybersecurity. In addition, our Chief Information Security Officer and representatives from the Cybersecurity Committee provide annual briefings to the Board on cybersecurity risks, related mitigation, and other related responses and activities.


The last known cybersecurity breach occurred in 2020. The Company has not experienced any material cybersecurity breach in the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021. The Company also has not incurred any net expenses from penalties and/or settlements from any material cybersecurity breaches during the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022, and 2021.

Laws and Regulations

Our business and operations around the world are subject to government regulation at the national, state, provincial, or local level addressing, among other matters, applicable environmental laws; health and safety laws and regulations adopted by government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; laws relating to export controls and economic sanctions; and the rules of industrial standards bodies such as the International Standards Organization and governmental agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission. 
We believe that our properties and operations comply in all material respects with applicable laws protecting the environment and worker health and safety. We do not manufacture our own products but do maintain laboratory space at certain of our facilities to facilitate the development, evaluation, and testing of our products. These laboratories may maintain quantities of hazardous materials. While we believe we are in material compliance with applicable law concerning the safeguarding of these materials and with respect to other matters relating to health, safety, and the environment, the risk of liability relating to hazardous conditions or materials cannot be eliminated completely. To date, we have not incurred significant expenditures relating to environmental compliance at our facilities nor have we experienced any material issues relating to employee health and safety. We cannot provide assurances, however, that issues will not arise in the future or that applicable law will not require us to incur significant compliance expenditures.
In addition to environmental laws, our business is subject to various rules and regulations and other orders relating to export and/or import controls. 

Contributing to Community and Employee Well-Being

We encourage our employees to contribute to local communities.  In 2023, MaxLinear and its employees have raised in excess of $30,000 in donations and goods to charitable organizations. In February 2023, MaxLinear launched a relief effort contribution matching program which matches 100% of employee contributions to four organizations providing humanitarian relief to victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Northern Syria providing shelter, food, water and medicine: Save the Children, Red Cross, Global Giving and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.  In November 2023, our offices in Southern California held food drives collecting donations of food items on behalf of The San Diego Food Bank and South County Outreach to support families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Annually in December, we organize a donation, toys and goods drive to stop the cycle of child abuse and help at-risk youth in the community benefiting Olive Crest, a U.S. child abuse prevention and treatment charitable organization. 

Also in 2023, we organized events to encourage our employees to participate in volunteerism to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community, environmental sustainability, and enhance employee well-being. In April 2023, we sponsored a team of employees to run in 5K races in southern California. Our international offices have hosted an international day of women to promote the study of science, technology, engineering, and math by young women, participated in mentoring and investing in underserved communities, humanitarian aid creating aid packages and food kits, and environmental clean up. We participate in the Singapore Workplace Outreach Wellness Program and other fitness and wellness initiatives in our other offices. We also have a global employee recognition program which allows employees and managers to nominate employees, including those in other departments, for monetary awards and corporate recognition. These programs and efforts are organized locally and monitored and evaluated by our human resources department.

Political Contributions and Lobbying

MaxLinear has not made any political contributions and does not currently engage in lobbying either directly or through other channels. Our code of ethics and employee conduct prohibits employees that participate in political activities from indicating the Company's endorsement of such activities. We have no history of political contributions, including support of funding political campaigns or political action committees, or to specific politicians or political parties, in any country or jurisdiction.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This page contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the capability of our technology and products, statements concerning measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Company’s environmental impact, use of a socially responsible and ethically sourced supply chain, plans regarding workplace safety, human capital resources objectives, ESG initiatives, government grants applications and lobbying. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements and our future financial performance and operating results forecasts generally. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. In particular, our future operating results are substantially dependent on our assumptions about market trends and conditions. Additional risks and uncertainties affecting our business, future operating results and financial condition include, without limitation, risks relating to our terminated merger with Silicon Motion and related arbitration and class action complaint and the risks related to potential payment of damages; the effect of intense and increasing competition; impacts of global economic conditions; the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry; a significant variance in our operating results and impact on volatility in our stock price, and our ability to sustain our current level of revenue, which has declined, and/or manage future growth effectively, and the impact of excess inventory in the channel on our customers' expected demand for certain of our products; the geopolitical and economic tensions among the countries in which we conduct business and other factors related to our international operations; increased tariffs, export controls or imposition of other trade barriers; our ability to obtain or retain government authorization to export certain of our products or technology; risks related to international geopolitical conflicts; risks related to the loss of, or a significant reduction in orders from major customers; a decrease in the average selling prices of our products; failure to penetrate new applications and markets; development delays and consolidation trends in our industry; inability to make substantial research and development investments; delays or expenses caused by undetected defects or bugs in our products;  failure to timely develop and introduce new or enhanced products; order and shipment uncertainties; failure to accurately predict our future revenue and appropriately budget expenses; lengthy and expensive customer qualification processes; customer product plan cancellations; failure to maintain compliance with government regulations; failure to attract and retain qualified personnel; information technology failures; any adverse impact of rising interest rates on us, our customers, and our distributors and related demand; risks related to compliance with privacy, data protection and cybersecurity laws and regulations; risks related to conforming our products to industry standards; risks related to business acquisitions and investments; costs of legal proceedings; claims of intellectual property infringement; our ability to protect our intellectual property; risks related to security vulnerabilities of our products; use of open source software in our products; and a failure to manage our relationships with, or negative impacts from, third parties.

In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K, as well as the information set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in MaxLinear's latest Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. All forward-looking statements are based on the estimates, projections and assumptions of management as of March 7, 2024, and MaxLinear is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.